La Liga champions Real Madrid head to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo this weekend, as Los Blancos persist with their pursuit of league leaders Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side continue to struggle for form, with Real searching for some consistency of their own.
Where and when: Balaidos – 20 March, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Lucas Vasquez and Marco Asensio scored either side of half-time, as Madrid beat Vigo 2-0 at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano just after new year.
Celta Vigo v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid have a wonderful record against Celta Vigo, and Zinedine Zidane’s side need to keep that up this weekend. Los Blancos head into this game with only a six-point gap to La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, with 11 fixtures left to successfully defend their title.
Madrid have gone 13 unbeaten against Celta in the league, winning 11 of those games. Los Blancos have scored 44 times and conceded 13 during that run, with Vigo’s last La Liga victory in this fixture coming back in May 2014.
Los Celestes did beat Real over two legs in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in 2017, but it’s been slim pickings otherwise for Eduardo Coudet’s side. Vigo head into this weekend’s action 10th in the table, having only won two of their last 11 matches.
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Real Madrid to win and BTTS
Real Madrid to win 2-1
Real Madrid to win from behind
The hosts are the clear underdogs in these Celta Vigo v Real Madrid predictions, priced at 16/5 with William Hill. Celta have managed five draws in their last eight matches though, with the stalemate here available at 37/13.
Vigo have managed two draws against Madrid in the last few years, with both matches finishing 2-2. That includes in their meeting at the Bernabeu last season, as well as at Balaidos in January 2018. The same scoreline this weekend is 14/1.
Real are the 7/8 favourites though, as they look for their second win in a row following Saturday’s comeback victory over Elche. That was after back-to-back draws with Real Sociedad and Atletico in the Madrid derby. Those odds are reflective of their up-and-down form this season, as well as their midweek Champions League assignment against Atalanta.
They also take into account another injury setback for Eden Hazard, with Zidane perplexed as to the nature of his ongoing fitness struggles. The Belgian could be set for another frustrating spell on the sidelines, with some reports suggesting the former Chelsea man could even be facing surgery.
Even so, anything other than an away win in this game would constitute a real shock. Madrid are bang in the title race despite their issues over the course of the season, with Atleti’s prolonged blip letting both them and Barcelona back into the picture. Another win this weekend is crucial for Real.
One to watch for Celta Vigo: Iago Aspas hasn’t been quite at the level of previous seasons for Celta. The Spaniard is still Los Celestes’ top scorer though, and 7/1 to break the deadlock on Saturday afternoon with his 10th league goal of the campaign.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema scored two late goals as Los Blancos came from behind to beat Elche 2-1 last weekend. The Frenchman’s 91st-minute winner could prove seismic, with Benzema the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring in this game.
Long shot: If you’re searching for big odds in this week’s Celta Vigo v Real Madrid tips, predicting a correct scorecast could be the way to go. Benzema to score first and Madrid to win 2-1 is priced at 39/1 and well worth a look.